Marseille : Grand Designs or DIY SOS?

Marseille : Grand Designs or DIY SOS?

As the mercato gets into its stride, one team isn’t so much tweaking their squad with a couple of key new pieces and otherwise just mild redecoration, as ripping out walls, fixtures and fittings and starting again with an open-plan approach. Four players have left Marseille on free transfers – Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Rod Fanni, and Jeremy Morel; as noted, none of these departures individually were particularly surprising, but that all of them have gone may…

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Profile – FC Porto’s New Dynamic Midfielder: Gianelli Imbula

Profile – FC Porto’s New Dynamic Midfielder: Gianelli Imbula

As is the way in modern day football, on Wednesday morning a tweet posted by the FC Porto account on twitter, confirmed the transfer of Olympique Marseille midfielder Gianelli Imbula. Bem-vindo, Giannelli Imbula. http://t.co/FFsK8XiRYi / Bienvenue, Giannelli Imbula. / Welcome, Giannelli Imbula. pic.twitter.com/QnyJe8JIRc — FC Porto (@FCPorto) July 1, 2015 The Belgian-born, former France Under-21 international moves for €20 million – to help OM balance the books. A nice return on the player they bought from…

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Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

Timing is Key if Newcastle United Want Good Deal for Florian Thauvin

There are suggestions from both the French and English media this morning to suggest that Newcastle United are preparing a €15 million bid for Olympique de Marseille winger Florian Thauvin. It all began on Monday when La Provence reported that OM had received a bid for that amount for the 22-year-old former France under-21 international. Then early on Tuesday morning, Mark Douglas of The Chronicle reported that Thauvin is one of the favourites of Graham…

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Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

Gardiens of the Galaxy: Options for Euro 2016

The position of back-up goalkeeper is often one that sees limited opportunities but huge responsibility when their time in the spotlight comes. France it seems has been blessed with a large number of excellent goalkeepers in recent times and the friendly matches against Brazil and Denmark at the end of March gave les Bleus’ coach Didier Deschamps a chance to try out a couple of his deputies in the absence of captain Hugo Lloris. With…

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In Defence of Bielsa: Players are to Blame for OM Nightmare

In Defence of Bielsa: Players are to Blame for OM Nightmare

Another year, the same problem. Another manager, the same problem. The more things change, the more they stay the same. That is, in reference to another implosion from Olympique de Marseille. It should be no surprise. Four coaches since 2011/12 and four distinct periods ending with the feeling of hitting rock bottom. In 2012, it was Didier Deschamps who found himself in the middle of a boardroom battle with then-sporting director Jose Anigo and president Vincent…

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Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?

Is Claudio Ranieri the Man to Save Florian Thauvin?

It’s rare that a week goes past without a new twist in the Olympique de Marseille soap opera. After two consecutive defeats to Paris Saint-Germain and Girondins de Bordeaux, news emerged that Italian coach Claudio Ranieri could be the man to replace Marcelo Bielsa at the Stade Velodrome if, as expected, El Loco should leave at the end of the season. Hometown boy and Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier may be the fans’ choice to take over…

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Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

Saint-Etienne v Marseille: Hope Springs Eternal For Les Stephanois

by Chris McMullan Winters are cold in central France. The region known in the middle ages as the Forez lies miles from the sea and is stuck between the Alps and the Massif Central. There is little humidity, and, in the traditional mining town of Saint-Etienne, the dry air brings with it a bitter cold in the winter months. This particular winter has also been harsh for AS Saint-Etienne who have accrued only two points…

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Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Olympique de Marseille v Stade de Reims: Preview

Stade de Reims are in a very rare group – they are one of the few clubs that Olympique de Marseille has actually beaten away from home this season. This does not bode well for Jean-Luc Vasseur and his team as they travel to the Stade Velodrome for Friday night’s fixture. Marcelo Bielsa’s team were at their imperious best when these sides met at the Stade Auguste Delaune in September. Marseille ran out comfortable 5-0 winners, but…

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